All-rounder Jonty Durrheim has put his best foot forward in Newcastle’s opening representative fixture of 2018-2019 despite the hosts going down to Sydney side Manly Warringah by four wickets at Ron Hill Oval on Saturday.
Durrheim, who plays club cricket for Waratah-Mayfield, top scored in the one-day trial game with a run-a-ball half-century batting at No.8 before finishing with figures of 1-28 from his eight overs as a third-change bowler.
The left-hander arrived at the crease with Newcastle 6-127, but his unbeaten 69 runs from 59 deliveries saw the home team reach 232 before being dismissed in 49.2 overs.
Durrheim did his best to restrict the visitors but Manly reached the target six wickets down and with an over to spare, thanks largely to a 106-run, mid-innings stand between Cameron Merchant (80) and Ryan Farrell (46).
Earlier in the fixture Toronto skipper Adrian Chad, who was joint Newcastle district player of the year last season, made 51 while recalled Jake Montgomery from Wallsend chipped in with 38.
Chad and Montgomery combined for a 79-run, fifth-wicket partnership after Newcastle had been 4-40.
Opening bowlers Joel Foster (4-50) and Michael Visser (3-35) were the main wicket takers for Manly.
Newcastle seamers Matt Willett (2-36), of Cardiff-Boolaroo, and Dan Bailey (2-43), from Belmont, shared four wickets between them. Teenage leg-spinner Aaron Bills, who has signed with Cardiff, took 1-39.
The next representative outing will be the T20 Regional Bash on October 7.
Reigning champions the Newcastle Blasters are set to meet the newly formed Lake Mac Attack at Pasterfield Sports Complex.